Luke Rockhold

USA

Nursing broken jaw
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 8, 2019
Rockhold suffered a broken jaw at UFC 239 and is potentially facing a six-month suspension, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rockhold was knocked out by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239 this past weekend and suffered a broken jaw as a result. Now, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Rockhold cannot fight until at least Sept. 5 and is to be without contract until Aug. 21. Additionally, Rockhold must have oral surgery with a doctor's clearance to return to action or he will be suspended six months. medical
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Finished in light heavyweight debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 6, 2019
Rockhold lost to Jan Blachowicz via KO (punches) at 1:39 of Round 2 at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rockhold's light heavyweight debut and his first fight in 17 months did not go as planned. Some of it was his own doing, while some was just rotten luck. Rockhold got off to a strong start by peppering Blachowicz with kicks before oddly trying to muscle his opponent up against the cage. He had considerably less success in that position before eating a head kick from Blachowicz just as Round 1 expired. Referee Herb Dean ruled it a legal shot, but it appeared to be slightly late. Regardless, Rockhold was never the same afterwards and found himself knocked out moments later. His game planning and execution were both questionable in a fight he simply had to have. Rockhold is a career crossroads at age 34. He is 1-3 in his last four fights and has just one win dating back to December 2015. His next move remains an open question.
Booked for UFC 239
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 20, 2019
Rockhold (knee) will move up to light heavyweight and face Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be the first fight for Rockhold after undergoing surgery on his knee earlier this month. The surgery was minor in nature, but it's still fair to be slightly concerned with the surgery and the change in weight class, not to mention he's lost two of his last three fights.
Undergoes knee surgery
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 11, 2019
Rockhold underwent knee surgery Monday and isn't expected to return until June or July, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rockhold noted it was a "minor procedure" on his meniscus and it shouldn't keep the former UFC middleweight champion sidelined for too long. When he returns to the octagon, he will make his light heavyweight debut -- which could come against Corey Anderson at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8.
Wants new weight class
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 21, 2018
Rockhold (leg) plans to move up to light heavyweight, Jed Meshew of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rockhold most recently pulled out of his middleweight fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 230 while dealing with a lingering leg injury. He had already been toying with the idea of leaving middleweight before accepting the fight, but he ultimately took the fight and believes cutting weight inhibited his injury from healing correctly. That apparently was the last straw before making the decision to move up in weight class.
Pulls out of UFC 230
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 19, 2018
Rockhold pulled out of his scheduled fight against Chris Weidman at UFC 230 due to injury, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The nature and severity of the injury are unclear, though Rockhold was battling a lower left leg injury earlier in the year. If Weidman is still to fight at UFC 230, the UFC will have to find a replacement quickly, as the event is just 15 days away.